An Iranian pastor remains under the death penalty for converting to Christianity. (See earlier story)
Youcef Nadarkhani never practiced Islam before he became a Christian at the age of 19. Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries tells OneNewsNow that the court has asked Nadarkhani three days in a row to recant his Christianity, but he has relentlessly refused. And though his supposed conversion from Islam to Christianity is at issue, all witnesses have testified that the pastor never practiced the Muslim faith.
"The courts determined that he was a national apostate," DeMars reports. "So even though he never practiced Islam during his life, he was born to two parents who practiced Islam, and therefore, he has to recant."
According to law, an apostate is to be given three chances to renounce before he is executed. Meanwhile, the debacle has placed Nadarkhani's attorney in danger, partly for doing a good job for his client.
"The judges are stubborn, and they show that they do not care for the law. But yes, he's in danger himself," the ministry spokesman laments. "He has been sentenced to nine years in prison, and at any moment, he could be called in to serve that sentence."
So DeMars is convinced that only prayer and fasting will save either of the men. "At this point in time, we're looking to God. Everything humanly has been exhausted."